This esl activity is one of my favourite ways to make drilling new vocabulary with young learners more fun.
In my first blog post I introduced this game, but without the use of Pacman.
I have noticed that turning the black board into a computer game really sparks interest in the more troublesome of classes.
My kids really get into this game. It can become a little rowdy, but since the students are enjoying the activity the noise level doesn’t bother me so much.
So, for the game:
- Cut out the ghosts, fruit, Mr and Mrs Pacman. Laminate them then stick magnets to the back of each piece.
- Draw a big circle on the board
- Insert the ghosts and fruit into the big circle
- on either side of the circle, place the characters.
- Under each character draw 2 small circles (these are the fruit bowls to collect the winnings)
- Make some monochrome fruits around 10, just like the coloured ones, but draw question marks on the front. On the back, write points ranging from – 6 ~ + 23. Put those fruits in the big circle among the others
- Split the class into 2 teams then line them up in front of the board.
- You should stand facing the students
- When you show a flash card, the quickest student to say “Ping Pong” gets to answer first.
- If the ss answers correctly, he or she gets to take a piece of fruit from the big circle and place it in their teams fruit bowl.
- If the student chooses a grey fruit, the points must stay secret until the end of the game (he/she can’t look at the points).
- Each normal fruit and ghost is worth only 1 point.
- When the game is over, 1 student from each team counts their teams points.
This game works best when you keep it fast pace. Have fun!!